MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2002/2003 (FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE (NORTH) AND MANCHESTER SENIOR CUP)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
8/21/02 West Bromwich Albion League Home 1-0 Steele Roche Hilton Tate May Pugh Chadwick Fletcher M Williams Nardiello 1 Djordjic Muirhead Heaton Rankin (8) Lynch (3) Bardsley (6)
9/4/02 Everton League Away 0-1 Ricardo G Neville Pugh Roche May Rankin Chadwick Lynch Forlan Nardiello Richardson Tate B Williams Eagles (11) Muirhead (6) Jones
9/19/02 Liverpool League Away 1-1 4,352 Carroll G Neville Tierney Tate May Fletcher Chadwick Stewart Forlan Nardiello 1 Pugh M Williams (9) B Williams Lynch (11) Richardson (2) Roche
9/26/02 Bradford City League Home 2-0 Ricardo Lynch Tierney Roche May Taylor Chadwick Stewart 1 Nardiello M Williams Pugh Mooniaruck (4) B Williams Collett (5) Humphreys 1 (6)
10/3/02 Manchester City MSC Home 1-0 1,246 Carroll Roche Rankin Tate May Fletcher Chadwick Stewart Muirhead 1 Nardiello Fortune Lynch B Williams Heath (10) Pugh (11) Tierney
10/8/02 Blackburn Rovers League Away 5-0 2,420 Ricardo Roche Tierney Tate May P Neville Chadwick Richardson 1 Forlan 4 Muirhead Fortune Nardiello (5) B Williams (1) Lynch Rankin (3) Pugh
10/17/02 Birmingham City League Home 3-0 Ricardo Lynch Rankin Tate May Pugh Chadwick Richardson Forlan 1 Nardiello 2 Fortune Roche B Williams Fox (11) Timm (7) Johnson (9)
10/22/02 Manchester City League Away 0-5 2,266 B Williams Lynch Tierney Cogger Tate Taylor Mooniaruck Rankin Nardiello Heath Pugh Eckersley (3) Jowsey Nevins Port
10/31/02 Sunderland League Home 1-3 Carroll Roche Tierney Tate May Lynch Chadwick Rankin Heath Nardiello 1 Pugh Richardson (8) B Williams Taylor Fox Bardsley
11/21/02 Aston Villa League Home 6-2 Carroll Lynch Rankin Roche Taylor Wood 1 Chadwick 1 Richardson Nardiello 2 Davis 1 Pugh 1 Heath (9) B Williams Sims (7) Fox (8) Johnson
12/19/02 Newcastle United League Home 2-3 Ricardo Rankin Pugh Lynch Roche Keane Chadwick Stewart Nardiello 2 Davis Richardson Fletcher Jowsey M Williams (10) Muirhead Taylor
1/14/03 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 2-0 Carroll Lynch Rankin Pugh Roche Stewart Chadwick Butt 1 Nardiello 1 Davis Richardson Fletcher (6) T Lee Wood (8) M Williams Muirhead
1/23/03 Everton League Home 1-4 Ricardo Lynch Pugh Roche Muirhead Stewart Chadwick Butt Nardiello Davis Wood 1 Fox Jowsey (1) Lawrence (6) Heath (5) M Williams
1/27/03 Manchester City MSC Away 0-3 3,288 Carroll Lynch Pugh Roche May Wood Chadwick Stewart Nardiello Davis Richardson Muirhead Jowsey M Williams Fox (7) Heath
2/3/03 West Bromwich Albion League Away 3-1 3,177 Jowsey Lynch Rankin Roche Pugh Fox Davis 1 Humphreys Nardiello 1 M Williams 1 Chadwick Muirhead Heaton Heath (10) Collett Fletcher (8)
2/10/03 Liverpool League Home 0-2 Jowsey Lynch Rankin Roche Pugh Fletcher Davis Fox Nardiello Heath Richardson Cogger Steele Muirhead Hilton Jones (6)
2/13/03 Oldham Athletic MSC Away 1-2 Steele Rankin Hilton Roche Pugh Fox Davis Fletcher 1 Nardiello M Williams Richardson Muirhead (9) T Lee Webber (10) Wood (11)
2/27/03 Blackburn Rovers League Home 1-3 Ricardo Lynch Hilton Roche Pugh Fletcher 1 Davis Wood Richardson Webber Fortune Fox (6) Jowsey M Williams Nardiello (7) Humphreys
3/6/03 Birmingham City League Away 0-1 Carroll Lynch Hilton Roche Pugh Fletcher Davis Stewart Webber Nardiello Wood Heath Jowsey Fox (11) M Williams (10)
3/13/03 Manchester City League Home 1-0 Ricardo Lynch Wood Roche Pugh Humphreys Davis Stewart Nardiello Webber 1 Fox M Williams Steele Heath (6) Jones Bardsley
3/20/03 Oldham Athletic MSC Home 2-2 Carroll Lynch Pugh* Roche May* Stewart Davis* Wood* M Williams Webber 2 Richardson* Nardiello* (9) Steele Humphreys (6) Heath (10) Cogger
*lost 6-7 on pens
3/24/03 Sunderland League Away 0-1 Carroll Lynch Pugh Roche Fox Wood Davis Fletcher Nardiello M Williams Fortune Heath (10) Steele Picken Humphreys (11) Ebanks-Blake
3/27/03 Bradford City League Away 3-1 Ricardo Lynch Pugh Roche P Neville Wood Davis Fletcher Nardiello 3 Heath Fortune Hilton (6) Steele Picken Fox (11)
3/31/03 Bolton Wanderers League Away 1-1 Carroll Lynch Pugh Roche P Neville Fletcher Davis Wood Nardiello 1 Heath Fortune Fox Steele Hilton M Williams Humphreys
4/3/03 Bolton Wanderers League Home 1-2 Ricardo Lynch Pugh M Williams Fox Fletcher Davis Humphreys Nardiello Heath Wood 1 Hilton (4) B Williams Jones Sims Cogger
4/9/03 Aston Villa League Away 2-2 Carroll Lynch Pugh Wood May Fox Davis Heath 1 Nardiello 1 M Williams Fortune Cogger (11) B Williams Roche Mooniaruck
4/14/03 Bury MSC Home 2-2 B Williams Lynch Pugh Roche May Fletcher Nardiello* 1 Fox* Heath 1 Davis Hilton M Williams (5) Jowsey Picken Nevins
*won 2-0 on pens
4/17/03 Leeds United League Home 2-0 604 Carroll Lynch Hilton Howard Roche Fox 1 Mooniaruck Pugh Nardiello M Williams 1 Heath Ebanks-Blake (9) B Williams Byrne (7) Nevins Cogger
4/24/03 Newcastle United League Away 2-1 B Williams Lynch Hilton Roche Pugh Fox Byrne Fletcher Heath 2 M Williams Mooniaruck Flanagan Jowsey Nevins Eckersley (7)
4/28/03 Leeds United League Away 1-2 3,728 B Williams Sims Hilton Bardsley Lynch Fletcher Davis Richardson M Williams 1 Ebanks-Blake Mooniaruck Lawrence Jowsey (1) Poole (7) Eagles (11) Collett
5/1/03 Middlesbrough League Away 1-1 Jowsey Sims Lawrence Bardsley Lynch Eagles Davis Collett M Williams 1 Ebanks-Blake Mooniaruck Eckersley Heaton Richardson (8) Howard McShane
5/6/03 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 3-0 Jowsey Lynch Hilton Bardsley Pugh Eagles Davis 1 Fox Heath M Williams 2 Richardson Mooniaruck Steele Ebanks-Blake (11) Howard (3) Sims
5/8/03 Middlesbrough League Home 0-0 Steele Roche Hilton Lynch Pugh Fletcher Davis Stewart Ebanks-Blake M Williams Richardson Bardsley B Williams Mooniaruck Fox (9) Eagles (1)

 

RESERVES APPEARANCES AND GOALS 2002/03
League MSC Total
Name Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
Phil Bardsley 3 (1) 3 (1)
Nicky Butt 2 1 2 1
Danny Byrne 1 (1) 1 (1)
Roy Carroll 9 3 12
Luke Chadwick 12 1 2 14 1
John Cogger 1 (1) 1 (1)
Ben Collett 1 (1) 1 (1)
Jimmy Davis 18 3 4 22 3
Bojan Djordjic 1
Chris Eagles 2 (3) 2 (3)
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 3 (2) 3 (2)
Adam Eckersley (2) (2)
Darren Fletcher 12 (2) 1 3 1 15 (2) 2
Diego Forlan 4 5 4 5
Quinton Fortune 7 1 8
David Fox 9 (6) 1 2 (1) 11 (7) 1
Colin Heath 10 (5) 3 1 (2) 1 11 (7) 4
Kirk Hilton 8 (2) 2 10 (2)
Mark Howard 1 (1) 1 (1)
Chris Humphreys 3 (2) 1 (1) 3 (3) 1
Eddie Johnson (1) (1)
David Jones (1) (1)
James Jowsey 4 (2) 4 (2)
Roy Keane 1 1
Lee Lawrence 1 (1) 1 (1)
Mark Lynch 25 (2) 3 28 (2)
David May 8 4 12
Kalam Mooniaruck 5 (2) 5 (2)
Ben Muirhead 2 (1) 1 (1) 1 3 (2) 1
Daniel Nardiello 21 (2) 16 4 (1) 1 25 (3) 17
Gary Neville 2 2
Phil Neville 3 3
David Poole (1) (1)
Danny Pugh 25 1 4 (1) 29 (1) 1
John Rankin 9 (2) 2 11 (2)
Ricardo 10 10
Kieran Richardson 11 (3) 1 3 14 (3) 1
Lee Roche 20 5 25
Lee Sims 2 (1) 2 (1)
Luke Steele 2 1 3
Michael Stewart 8 1 3 11 1
Alan Tate 6 1 7
Kris Taylor 3 3
Paul Tierney 5 5
Mads Timm (1) (1)
Danny Webber 3 1 1 (1) 2 4 (1) 3
Ben Williams 3 (1) 1 4 (1)
Matty Williams 12 (3) 6 2 (2) 14 (5) 6
Neil Wood 10 (1) 3 2 (1) 12 (2) 3

The Manchester United Academy was established in 1998, following the reorganisation of youth football in England, but has roots stretching all the way back to the 1930s with the establishment of the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC). and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United’s greatest ever players, including the club’s top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie’s Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club’s Aon Training Complex, an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.

The Manchester United youth team is statistically the most successful in English football, with nine players in the English football Hall of Fame (Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Nobby Stiles, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Johnny Giles). Manchester United also have the best FA Youth Cup record, winning on 10 occasions out of 14 final appearances.

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The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-9s up to the flagship Under-18s, who currently compete in Group C of the Premier Academy League and in the FA Youth Cup. The Under-16s and Under-18s typically play their academy league games at 11am on Saturday mornings at Carrington, while Youth Cup games are generally played at either Altrincham‘s Moss Lane ground (where the under-23s play their home games) or the club’s 76,000-capacity Old Trafford home, in order to cater for the greater number of supporters these fixtures attract.

In 2007, Manchester United Under-18s won the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be an analogue to the FIFA Club World Cup for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysia. It was their first and only title, since the tournament was scrapped after only one edition.

Recommended Reading on Manchester United’s reserve, youth team and the history of United’s style of play.

Articles :

Football taught by… Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy

Books :

Matt Busby : Soccer At The Top

The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying : The Biography of Jimmy Murphy

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Sons of United

The Birth of the Babes

Fergie’s Fledglings

A huge thanks to Eifion Evans for his assistance.